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03 Aug 2016

Should Nurses Perform Cosmetic Injections?

Stephen Wassall

The Medical Board of Australia has introduced new guidelines on Cosmetic Injecting which will come into force on October 1st. Of particular interest are the following:

1. Medical practitioners must not prescribe cosmetic injectables unless they have had a consultation with the patient, either in person or by video.
2. If the cosmetic injectable is administered by another registered health practitioner who is not an authorised prescriber, the prescribing medical practitioner must be contactable and able to respond if required. 
3. Procedures should be performed in a facility that is appropriate for the level of risk involved in the procedure. Facilities should be appropriately staffed and equipped to manage possible complications and emergencies.

These guidelines reflect the growing concern about corporate type clinics using loopholes to allow unsupervised nurses to administer anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. I have little doubt that some clinics will continue to exploit loopholes to allow nurses to perform these procedures.
There are many excellent Nurse injectors but what is clear is that they must be working in collaboration or under the supervision of a Medical Practitioner. Using video consultations with a doctor that you will never meet in person and who lives in another city and who is unable to attend to you in the result of a complication just isn't an appropriate standard of care.


SKIN INTEGRITY OFFERS COSMETIC CLIENTS THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS
  • SAFETY: A genuine medical clinic offering safety, discretion, hygiene, sterility and the ability to deal with emergencies. These standards are not available in Beauty Salons with visiting practitioners.
  • VALUE: The best prices for injectable cosmetic treatments performed by a doctor on the Central Coast.
  • EXPERIENCE: Dr Wassall has been practising Cosmetic Medicine since 2002 and has performed over 10 000 procedures.
  • REWARDS: Cosmetic clients of Skin Integrity will also have the option of receiving access to Special Offers and Promotions. These include discounts on anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.